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Ms. Newmark from Washington DC is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Take a Bite Out of Reading!

My students need 2 copies each of 10 vampire books in the Cirque du Freak series.

  • $200 goal

This project expired on July 19, 2010.

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I believe that vampires are vital to my students’ success. I teach at a high-poverty charter middle school in DC with a large ESL population. Most of our students are behind grade level in math and reading. Every day, we work to get these students not only caught up, but on their way to college and a successful life after college. Critical to their success is developing a love of reading. This year, I have been amazed to discover that the key to encouraging that love of reading is vampires. Yes, vampires. My 7th-grade students are crazy about them. No, not the Twilight vampires; don’t be silly. Why read about angsty, lovestruck vampires when you could be reading about the freaky, creepy adventures of Darren Shan? He’s a normal kid who becomes a half-vampire in the first book of the Cirque du Freak series of books. From there, he becomes a vampire’s assistant, has adventures with a telepathic spider, a wolfman, and a snake boy, and eventually becomes a key player in the epic vampire war, the War of the Scars. The kids are tearing through these books. Girls, boys, bookworms, reluctant readers, stronger readers, weaker readers: everybody loves Cirque du Freak. Our classroom copies of the books are a hot commodity – as soon as one kid finishes a book, another kid snatches it up. They’re not just reading it during our designated independent reading time; they’re also picking it up the instant they finish their classwork and have a free moment. I have to beg them to put the books away when it’s time to move on to other things in class. Cirque du Freak is a series of 12 books. We only have the first two. Watching some of my kids read these two books, it is the first time I have seen them get excited about a book and be completely absorbed by reading. It’s a joy to see. I would love to be able to take advantage of my students’ enthusiasm and give them the opportunity to read the entire series. Your donation will help my students continue their love affair with vampires and, more importantly, keep them reading.

Ms. Newmark
Grades 6-8
  • Cesar Chavez Public Charter School- Chavez Prep
  • Washington, DC
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Sons of Destiny (Cirque Du Freak Series #12) Darren Shan • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
The Lake of Souls (Cirque Du Freak Series #10) Darren Shan • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
Allies of the Night (Cirque Du Freak Series #8) Darren Shan • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
Lord of the Shadows (Cirque Du Freak Series #11) Darren Shan • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
Trials of Death (Cirque Du Freak Series #5), Vol. 5 Darren Shan • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
The Vampire Prince (Cirque Du Freak Series #6) Darren Shan • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
Vampire Mountain (Cirque Du Freak Series #4) Darren Shan • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
Hunters of the Dusk (Cirque Du Freak Series #7) Darren Shan • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
Tunnels of Blood (Cirque Du Freak Series #3), Vol. 3 Darren Shan • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38
Killers of the Dawn (Cirque Du Freak Series #9) Darren Shan • Barnes and Noble $7.19 2 $14.38

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